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  • Space tourism project boosting to higher orbit in Lompoc
    Less than a week after Vice President Mike Pence was here, showing support for the Space Mission, space tourism in Lompoc may finally lift off.After several attempts came up short in the past, Tuesday night the Lompoc City Council unanimously agreed that this potential venture is boosting into a higher... Read more »
  • Bend Parks plans more Shevlin Park burns in fall
    The Bend Park and Recreation District Board discussed at Tuesday night's meeting plans for more prescribed burns at Shevlin Park and for major renovations to Juniper Swim and Fitness Center.The park district and the U.S. Forest Service are getting ready for more prescribed burns this fall. The two agencies partner... Read more »
  • Former El Paso priest convicted of child sex crimes sentenced to 18 years in prison
    A former El Paso Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting an altar server was sentenced Tuesday evening to 18 years in prison.Miguel Luna was found guilty on Monday of a dozen charges that included six counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The assaults took place over a seven-year... Read more »
  • Vaping epidemic among teens sparks talk about flavored tobacco product bans
    Creme Brulee, sour melon, and lemonade are just a few of the vaping flavors attracting kids.Juul's chief executive Kevin Burns recently apologized to parents of children who use his company's e-cigarette products.According to the website e-cig usage by high school students increased 78 percent between 2017 and 2018.Statistics like... Read more »
  • Indian Canyon to convert from one-way to two-way street
    Construction is underway on a conversion project along Indian Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs. The well-known Indian Canyon one-way street, traffic traveling north, is converting to a two-way."There'll be two northbound lanes, a center turning lane, and a southbound lane," said Marcus Fuller, assistant city manager/city engineer for Palm... Read more »
  • Tipline Investigation: Tri-Athlete faces dilemma with heroes who saved his life
    Most people call the NewsChannel 3 Tipline with a problem or complaint that's pretty cut and dry. In this case, a viewer called us to say that he had an interesting dilemma. He was being hounded, and threatened with collections by the same people who saved his life. "I have no... Read more »
  • Man sentenced to 9 years for 4 bank robberies
    A 67-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to more than nine years in federal prison and three years' supervised release for robbing four Oregon and southwest Washington banks in a four-week period beginning in August 2017, prosecutors said.On Feb. 21, Dannie Kay Alston, who has no known permanent residence, pleaded guilty... Read more »
  • Wyden urges crackdown on cocoa imports from child labor
    Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have sent a letter to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, calling on the administration to enforce existing law and investigate and block any cocoa imports produced with forced child labor.The senators' letter follows a Washington Post... Read more »
  • Beat up PSPD patrol car gifted to family member
    Nearly three years after the deaths of two Palm Springs Police officers in the line of duty, stories continue to emerge about their legacy and sacrifice in the community. Unit 48 was the last car Lesley Zerebny drove for PSPD before she and fellow officer Gil Vega gave their lives in... Read more »
  • Cannabis workload called 'overwhelming' by Santa Barbara County leaders
    The impact of the cannabis industry on Santa Barbara County is coming from a variety of directions. It includes a very heavy work load for the front line staff. "The whole system we have created, that is taking multiple years to get through the permit process we just have to... Read more »
  • Landlord Dario Pini agrees pay $336K settlement to city for code violation
    After two years, a lawsuit between the City of Santa Maria and Santa Barbara landlord Dario Pini could end in a settlement tonight. The City of Santa Maria filed the claim after several of Dario Pini's properties failed alleged building code violations. Council members will deliberate over whether to agree to a... Read more »
  • Portland police gave man laser he pointed at police plane
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been placed on probation for aiming a laser pointer at a police plane a year after receiving it from Portland police.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that 44-year-old Nikolay P. Bocharnikov was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday.Authorities say Bocharnikov aimed the green pointer... Read more »
  • Grenade found inside rental car in Palm Springs
    A Palm Springs rental car company found quite the surprise when they checked inside one of their returned cars today.According to the Palm Springs Police Department, an unidentified rental car company on Civic Drive found a grenade inside a rental car and reported it to officers at around 12:30 p.m.The... Read more »
  • Bend office manager gets 2 years for embezzling $190,000
    A Bend-area woman was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 while working as the office manager for well-known golf course designer David McLay Kidd. Katrina Cannon, 40, had pleaded no contest on May 1 to four of the 16 charges she faced, thus avoiding a pending... Read more »
  • Kids Clubhouse opening delayed due to ongoing building review
    A planned indoor playground for kids in Rancho Mirage is running into some hurdles as it prepares to set up shop. There's a lot of playground equipment and toys at Kids Clubhouse, but no kids playing. "I feel like this is a 10,000 square foot play structure storage space. That's how I... Read more »
  • Pilot lands, escapes small plane after it catches fire
    (Update: Pilot identified) SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say a pilot was able to escape the single-engine plane he was flying after it caught fire and make an emergency landing southeast of Salem. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says emergency crews responded to the crash in a farm field at about 1:23... Read more »
  • Rolllover crash slows traffic on the Cuesta Grade
    Firefighters and CHP were called to a rollover crash at the top of the Cuesta Grade on Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. A man was thrown from his vehicle, according to CAL FIRE. They say he was taken to the hospital with major injuries. The road has since been cleared. CHP is... Read more »
  • Enedina is in Heaven: Woman's billboard search for childhood El Paso friend ends
    A San Antonio woman's quest to track down her childhood friend that she met in an El Paso orphanage decades earlier has ended.Becky Rodriquez was using billboards in El Paso to try to find her friend Enedina.The two met during the 1940s when they spent three years together at Saint... Read more »
  • Authorities investigating cause of plane crash in Lompoc
    The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a plane crash that took place on the 1700 block of North H Street in Lompoc , on Monday night. The FAA says the 70 year-old pilot was practicing... Read more »
  • 3rd confirmed measles case in El Paso as disease resurges after 25-year absence
    The number of confirmed measles cases in El Paso grew to three on Monday, marking what local health officials said was the first resurgence of the highly-contagious respiratory disease in over a quarter-century.The latest victim was a boy toddler, the city health department said. He joined a woman in her... Read more »
  • El Paso grandma, grandkids beat the heat handing out free lemonade to neighbors
    Tuesday's El Paso heat wasn't an issue for one grandma and her grand children who handed out free lemonade to neighbors in east El Paso.Maria Elena Lopez is retired and spends her summer afternoons watching her six grandkids and trying to keep them busy."Sometimes the kids get bored and I... Read more »
  • Firefighters put out fire in Ventura riverbed
    Ventura County Fire Department, Oxnard Fire and Ventura City Fire Department responded to a riverbed fire late Tuesday afternoon. The small fire in a river bottom sparked off the 101 freeway at Johnson Drive. The fire could be seen by people driving on the Highway 101. The fire burned 50... Read more »
  • Warrant Issued for man accused of raping developmentally disabled woman
    A Bermuda Dunes man accused of raping a developmentally disabled woman failed to make a court appearance today at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest. Gabriel Ortiz, 25, is accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman, identified only... Read more »
  • Felony charges filed against SLO man who made threats toward minorities
    A San Luis Obispo man who allegedly sent threatening letters targeting minorities has been charged with ten felonies.Richard Orcutt, 62, is accused of sending letters to local property managers threatening to shoot minorities or any property managers who rent to people belonging to certain ethnic or minority groups.Orcutt faces charges... Read more »
  • State awards federal funds for Bend, Redmond affordable housing
    Oregon Housing and Community Services on Tuesday announced to announce funding awards of $45,569,423 to build and preserve 636 homes through the awards of federal 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME and National Housing Trust Fund resources, which leverage local, state and private investments.Eleven developments were approved by the... Read more »